February 2010
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What Will Be The Next IndyCar?
Feb 11 - The following photos shows concepts for a new 2012 IndyCar.

This 1st car is from DeltaWing, in Indianapolis.  They claim the car can out run an IndyCar with only a 300 h.p. turbo 4-cylinder engine.  The
rear track is 70 inches, the front only 24 inches.  For more information, visit their website at
www.deltawingracing.com.
American F1 Team Chooses 1st Driver
Feb 12 - The new US F1 team has not yet unveiled their car or
their 2nd driver.  However they have come to terms with a 26
y/o driver from Argentina named
Jose Maria Lopez.  American
team, eh?  What a crock.

Lopez presented the sponsorship guarantees of eight millions
dollars that will be given to the team based in Charlotte. Of
those eight millions dollars, two million will come from the
government of Argentina through the Secretary of Tourism.  

If sponsorship dollars is what it takes in F1 these days, maybe
Earnhardt should give F1 a try.
Former Champ Car constructor Lola, has offered
this design for IndyCar.
Swift Engineering in California has proposed this
car for the new 2012 Indy car.
Dallara, Indycar's current chassis builder
presented this car for the future of the sport.  
They say it will be built in Speedway Indiana.
USF1 Needs Money
Feb 19 - USF1 team principal Ken Anderson told the New
York Times that the new Formula One team is in financial
trouble.  He has asked the FIA for permission to miss the first 4
races of 2010.
Randy Bernard Is New IRL CEO
Feb 2 - Jeffrey Belskus, president and CEO of the
Indianapolis Motor Speedway Corporation, announced the new
CEO for the Indy Racing League today at the famed speedway.
Randy Bernard -- an unknown in motor sports circles -- will be
the one to step into the shoes, formerly held by the IRL founder
Tony George.

Bernard comes to the IRL, leaving his position as CEO of
Professional Bull Riders, Inc., after a 15 year run to take on a
new career challenge at the age of 43. "I was ready to make a
change in my life," he said. "
Josie George was determined
that the change should be with the Indy Racing League, and
after significant research I was excited about the opportunity."

His leadership of PBR saw sponsorship and attendance
increase and like the IRL, Bernard signed with Versus to
increase the television ratings for the bull riders organization.
2010 IndyCar Driver Changes
Feb 24 - Graham Rahal is out of a IndyCar job after parting
with Newman/Haas/Lanigan Racing when McDonald's withdrew
its sponsorship to focus on the Olympics.  They have hired
Japanese driver
Hideki Mutoh, who has driven in IndyCars for
the last two years.

In recent days, opportunities have gone to other drivers with
the ability to bring sponsorship. Most are from South America
and the Far East.

KV Racing Technology signed
Takuma Sato to drive this
season.  The Japanese driver spent 7 years in Formula One.  
Joining him from HVM Racing will be
E.J. Viso who has 2 years
experience in IndyCar.  Viso hails from Venezuela

Conquest Racing has hired Brazilian
Mario Romanici to pilot
its #34 car.  Romanici raced in Indy Lights last year.

Sarah Fisher Racing has signed
Jay Howard to run 4 races
this season including the Indy 500.  The Brit won the Indy LIghts
championship in 97 and raced in IndyCars in 2008.
Mario Romanici
Feb 25 - Dreyer and Reinbold Racing hired Brazilian driver,
Ana Beatriz today.  Beatriz is the first female driver to win in
Indy Lights, which she did last July.  She raced in Indy Lights for
2 years.
Ana Beatriz
Three of the most successful designers in
recent IndyCar history have joined forces to
create BAT Engineering – former Lola chief
designer and Reynard North America
president Bruce Ashmore, former March chief
designer and engineer Alan Mertens, and
longtime open-wheel racing engineer Tim
Wardrop.  Here is their entry for the IRL.